PM plans national insurance rise to fund social care
Ministers are believed to be planning a national insurance rise to fund adult social care.
Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate
Health leaders have been left divided by the Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated social care staff and NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate will be allowed to continue working.
MPs call for urgent finance reforms
Councils should be given more flexibility to raise their own taxes and social care funding urgently needs to be reformed, MPs have said.
Council criticised for increasing care admin costs 200%
The London Borough of Bexley has agreed to revise its social care charging policy after the administration costs for one resident’s care increased 200%.
Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’
A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.
Lib Dem leader calls for urgency on social care reform
Speaking at the Local Government Association’s virtual conference, party leader Sir Ed Davey said he still had hopes for cross-party talks on the issue.
Health and care improvement starts locally
Local health and care organisations must seize the initiative to improve people’s lives rather than waiting for the next overhaul by national government.
Experts urge action on care on eve of PM's crunch meeting
Social care leaders have written to the Prime Minister, chancellor and health secretary, demanding a resolution to the adult social care crisis on the eve of a top level crunch meeting tomorrow.
Two million requests for care rejected in two years
Two million requests for care have been turned down by councils since Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to 'fix social care,' new research has revealed today.
Ministers appear 'complacent' over care home closures, MPs warn
The Government ‘seems complacent’ about the risk of care homes collapsing in the wake of the pandemic, MPs have warned today.
Staff burnout in social care and health at 'emergency level'
Workforce burnout in social care and the NHS has reached an ‘emergency level’, MPs have warned today.
The pandemic has proven our mettle
As a ‘mature’ integrated care system West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has already led to positive changes in many services, says Rob Webster.
Councils to pilot new self-isolation support scheme
Nine local authorities have been chosen to pilot new ways of supporting people needing to self-isolate.
Lack of social care plans could ‘destabilise’ reforms
Local authority leaders have warned that the absence of a long-term, fully funded plan for social care could destabilise other health and care reforms.
Call for tax hike to fund social care
A commission led by The Lancet and London School of Economics has argued for a 1p increase to income tax, National Insurance and VAT to enable annual funding increases of 4%.
It’s time to secure the future of social care, says Lord Bob Kerslake
Lord Bob Kerslake hands on the presidency of the LGA to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in July. The social care system and its funding is an urgent priority that must be addressed now, he believes.
Further delays for social care reform
Social care reform faces further delays after rumours that the chancellor and Prime Minister are concerned at the £5bn bill to fund more generous capping limits.
Social care reform proposals will come later this year, pledges Hancock
The Government will be bringing forward proposals later this year for the reform of social care, says secretary of state for health and care Matt Hancock.
Town halls told: Don't depend on COVID cash
Councils need to wean themselves of COVID cash to fund social care before it runs out at the end of June, a director has warned.
Care Act easements end
Emergency powers allowing councils to suspend Care Act requirements during the pandemic have been scrapped.